Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Roadside Properties

on Minnesota Highways

Current Projects

Gooseberry Falls Concourse Rehabilitation (2019)

Gooseberry Falls Concourse Rehabilitation
Gooseberry Falls Concourse Rehabilitation

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places under: Gooseberry Falls State Park CCC/Rustic Style Historic Resources, an Historic District, as a contributing feature in 1989
Original Construction: 1936-40
Designed by: Edward W. Barber
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Project Scope: The Gooseberry Falls Concourse Rehabilitation will make safety and accessibility improvements to the historic concourse and bridge overlook and will repoint the historic concourse structure. The concourse plaza and overlook plaza will be reconfigured. The project will also repair some trails near the concourse and relocate the bridge monument to the N side of the river. This project has been designed to meet the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. Park visitors will experience various trail detours in the area as construction occurs. Detours will be signed on site. Construction is planned for the summer of 2019.

Construction update: Jan. 9, 2019. The project is scheduled for Letting (Bids Due) on Jan. 25, 2019. A pre-bid meeting was held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 at 10 a.m. construction is anticipated to begin in May and continue through August 2019.

Impacts to the public: Overall there will be some areas closed, some trail detours and typical noise and construction activity.

Highway 61: Impacts to Highway 61 will be minimal. There are no anticipated lane closures. Impacts are largely limited to contractors accessing the site and bringing in materials and equipment.

Gooseberry State Park visitors: Access to the concourse and bridge plaza overlook will be closed during at least part of the construction. There will be trail detours in the area as well, which will change as different parts of the work are completed. Trail detours will have signs posted to redirect visitors. Maps will be posted for current detour routes.

Gitchi Gami Trail: The Gitchi Gami trail will be realigned on the concourse. The trail will be detoured at the concourse and river crossing. Bike riders will be required to walk bikes on pedestrian trails. Trail detours will have signs posted. Maps will be posted of current detour routes.

Pine-Hickory Lakes Roadside Parking Area (2019)

Pine-Hickory Lakes Roadside Parking Area

Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places
Pine-Hickory (PDF-link to inventory form)
Original Construction: 1938
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: National Youth Administration (NYA)

Project Scope: The Pine Hickory RPA Rehabilitation will restore several historic stone features, repave the parking area and make accessibility improvements to the picnic area and portable toilets. A degraded paved trail will be re-paved, while other trails will remain turf, or soft surface. A new fishing pier will be installed by the picnic table. This project has been designed to meet the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. The roadside parking area on Little Pine Lake will be closed during construction. The gravel access and boat launch on Hickory Lake will remain open and is not being worked on. Construction is planned for summer 2019.

Construction Update: Dec. 13, 2018. The project is scheduled for Letting (Bids Due) on Jan. 25, 2019. A pre-bid meeting will be held at the Baxter D3A District Office, 7694 Industrial Park Rd, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Whitefish Creek Bridge Rehabilitation (Bridge 3355)

Whitefish Creek Bridge Rehabilitation (Bridge 3355)

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1939
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect and National Park Service
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Project Scope: The Whitefish Creek Bridge will be rehabilitated. Historic stone will be repaired and repointed, including bridge abutments, walks and guardrail stone wall. The bridge deck and approach lanes will be reconstructed and an integral Wyoming guardrail will be installed. This project has been designed to meet the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. Construction is planned for summer 2019.

Construction Update: Dec. 13, 2018. This project has been awarded to Environmental Associates, Inc.

Garrison Pedestrian Underpass (2018-19)

Garrison Pedestrian Underpass Rehabilitation

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1938
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect and National Park Service
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Construction Update: Jan. 9, 2019 The stone masonry restoration on the bridge is complete. Fabrication of replacement steel for reinforcing the bridge arch caused delays in the work. The concrete bridge deck was unable to be completed in the 2018 season. A temporary asphalt surface has been installed to pave the bridge over the winter. The final concrete bridge deck will be completed in the Summer of 2019.

Preconstruction photo of the inside face of the East wall of the bridge. Notice the cracked mortar cap, different colors of mortar, vegetation growing in mortar joints in wall and at base of wall in flagstone pavers at the base of the wall. June 2018.Preconstruction photo of the stone wall and arch on the west face of the bridge prior to work beginning in June 2018.

The corrugated steel arch and interior of the stone walls are exposed after excavating all of the fill material. The inside face of the stone will be repaired and the steel will have reinforcement added to correct corrosion during its 80 year life. September 2018 .Work underway removing labelled stones and removing old mortar. Stones will be stored on pallets until they are ready for reinstallation. July 2018.

Kenney Lake Overlook Rehabilitation

Listed on MnDOT Historic Roadside Development Structures
Kenney Lake Overlook (PDF)
Original Construction: 1939
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect and National Park Service
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Graceville Marker Rehabilitation

Graceville Marker Rehabilitation

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1940
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Work Projects Administration (WPA)

Recent Projects

2016

Mantorville Walls Rehabilitation

Mantorville Walls Rehabilitation

Part of Mantorville Historic District
Original Construction: 1932
Designed by: Not applicable
Constructed by: Ole Stensted

2015

Inspiration Point Historic Wayside Rest Rehabilitation

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Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (nomination in process)
Original Construction: 1934
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Inspiration Point, a historic wayside rest area near Lanesboro on Highway 16, is closed as of Tuesday, June 2 while the site is restored and repaired. Initial activities include contractor mobilization, staking, tree removal and installation of a tree protection fence. See the press release.

2014

Orr Roadside Parking Area (Vehicle impact rebuild)

Orr Roadside Parking Area

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1938
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Spruce Creek Culvert Rehabilitation (Bridge 8292)

Spruce Creek Culvert Rehabilitation (Bridge 8292)

Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1932-35
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

2012-14

Garrison Concourse Restoration

Garrison Concourse

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1936-39
Designed by: National Park Service, with Arthur Nichols
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

2013-14

Willow Lake Roadside Parking Area Restoration

Willow Lake Roadside Parking Area Restoration

Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1939-40
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

2013

Lake St. Croix Overlook Restoration (Stillwater Overlook South)

Lake St. Croix Overlook Restoration, a.k.a. Stillwater Overlook South

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1936-37
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: National Youth Administration (NYA)

2012

Preston Historic Overlook Restoration

Preston Historic Overlook Restoration

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Original Construction: 1937-38
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Consulting Landscape Architect
Constructed by: Civilian Conservation Corps

Future Projects

2020

Whipholt Roadside Parking Area

Whitefish Creek Bridge Rehabilitation (Bridge 3355)

Eligible for listing on the National register of Historic Places
Whipholt RPA <LINK to Inventory>
Original Construction: 1941, resumed and completed 1951
Designed by: Arthur Nichols, Attributed
Constructed by: WPA and Minn. Dept. of Highways

Project Planning Information: This project will begin design in 2019 for planned 2020 construction. The Roadside Parking Area (RPA) is on a sandy beach of Leech Lake and also includes a boat launch. Restoration of the stone wall, interpretive elements, repaving and plantings are anticipated project components. The site is within the Leech Lake Reservation along TH 200 just to the east of the Town of Whipholt.

Lake City and Reads Landing Maintenance and Repairs

Project Planning Information: This project will begin design in 2019 for planned 2020 construction. The work is expected to include stone repointing and repairs of walls, and walks, and repair of interpretive elements at Lake City and stone and brick and plaque repairs at Reads Landing. This project will be the first of annual ongoing long term asset preservation work on historic roadside properties which have already been restored.